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Course details

Subject area

Criminology and Sociology

UCAS tariff points

104

Start date(s)

2021

Placements

Yes

Study abroad

Yes

Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you interested in why people commit crime? Do you want to explore what society does to reduce offending?

Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to understanding deviant behaviour and society’s response to criminal acts.

You’ll explore a wide range of topics, from examining the role of the media in how we understand crime and justice, to explanations for serious violent crime by both individuals and the state.

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About this course

We’ll look at ethical issues arising from historical and cultural differences in the definition and management of crime, as well as how to understand people at the margins of both society and criminal justice, such as women and young people.

Experience is crucial, so you’ll put theory into practice on your professional work placements. You’ll benefit from our links with local criminal justice agencies, which will give you the chance to gain degree-relevant work experience.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a thorough knowledge of how the Criminal Justice System works, including how society is policed and individuals are punished.

Using the key theories and practices of criminology, you’ll also develop critical thinking skills that will enable you to ask key questions about crime, deviance and social control.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from the experts. Our courses are developed and taught by active researchers within the field of criminology.
  • Take charge of your learning through group discussions and collaboration.
  • We work closely with criminal justice practitioners, ensuring your course content blends theory and applied criminology.
  • You’ll be assessed by coursework instead of exams.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study. 

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Foundations in Sociology and Criminology

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Social Science foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Contemporary Research 1
  • Understanding Murder
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Serious Violent Crime
  • Policing
  • Forensic Psychology in Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary Research 2
  • Cultures of Crime

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • PDPM (Placement)
  • Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Applied Forensic Psychology

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Dissertation
  • Independent Social Project

Students are also required to choose three option modules from: 

  • Intelligence and Security
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • Child and Youth Justice
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Critical Criminology

 

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above / grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths.
Typical A Level offerBCC
BTECMMM

Student Finance

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2021/2022.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry will be set in summer 2021.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2021/22.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Our students have completed placements in a wide range of roles and organisations, including forensic hospitals, HM Prison Service, the Police National Computer, Leeds City Council anti-social behaviour projects, crime prevention projects, charities that support ex-prisoners, the homeless and drug and alcohol abusers, and educational providers for children with behavioural problems.

Career opportunities

A Criminology degree opens doors to a wide range of careers across the Criminal Justice System, including police, prison and probation services. Your degree will also prepare you to work directly with offenders, as a probation officer or prison services officer, or in a more analytical role, such as a data analyst for HM Prison and Probation Service or local government.

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